Macworld recently reported on a security flaw with Adobe’s CS3 installer for Mac OS. It seems the installer automatically disables the firewall in OS X in order to install certain components and then fails to re-enable it, causing a security risk.
I was particularly interested in this story since I’ve recently upgraded to the CS3 Design Premium Suite and I like to think I take reasonable steps to keep my system secure. So I checked and sure enough, the installer had disabled the firewall on both my iMac and my PowerBook, and left it off. What’s up with that Adobe?
If you have installed CS3 or are planning to do so, be sure to re-enable your firewall (Apple Menu>System Preferences>Sharing>Firewall) to avoid exposing your system to unecessary risk!
Update: Here’s Adobe’s tech note on the problem.